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Gorilla Food: Living and Eating Organic, Vegan, and Raw

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Gorilla Food: Living and Eating Organic, Vegan, and Raw

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Nov 27, 2012


Raw food diets have exploded in popularity in recent years; some believe that the cooking process destroys nutrients and even produces dangerous chemicals by the interaction of heat with fat, protein, and carbohydrates.

Enter Aaron Ash, a charismatic chef whose organic raw vegan restaurant Gorilla Food has taken Vancouver by storm for its inventive and delicious dishes, all prepared without use of animal products or a stove. Aaron is a conscientious raw vegan whose beliefs about food are tied to personal and social well-being. Gorilla Food strives to promote the idea that a sustainable, healthy culture depends on humankind living as "lightly" as possible, mitigating the damage wrought on the environment and ourselves.

Gorilla Food the book is both an innovative cooking manual and a raw vegan bible; recipes include a raw lasagna made with zucchini noodles, kale, and a "cheese" made from walnuts, and a raw soup made from seasonal greens, tomatoes, and avocado. There's also amazing raw pizzas, fruit pies, and chocolate desserts that will delight vegans and non-vegans alike with their complex flavors. The book also contains recipes for dehydrated and cultured foods, important for a raw food diet but surprisingly simple to prepare.

Gorilla Food will make you go ape for living life to the rawest!

In addition to running Gorilla Food, Aaron Ash was a former personal chef to Mike-D of the Beastie Boys. He is also an in-demand caterer for high-profile events around North America, and is making plans to open additional Gorilla Food locations.

Nov 27, 2012

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As I’ve been compiling these recipes, it’s allowed me to reflect on the times in which they were created and the experiences I’ve had with them. Going through my old recipe journals has reminded me of what I’ve learned, where I’ve been, all the great people I’ve met, and all that I’ve eaten on this journey of discovering these different foods.

The mission of Gorilla Food is to encourage and promote peace through food as well as through holistic supercharged health and nutrition, environmental and social activism, economics, arts, and culture. The idea for Gorilla Food, and my ambition to make it happen, started in 1996 when I was twenty years old and just discovering the great wide world of raw, vegan, and organic foods. At first, I was especially enthusiastic about the vibrancy of fresh-pressed juices and felt the whole world needed to know about their health benefits. I became eager to start a juice bar and to create a community hub for social interaction and for sharing holistic information. After years of travel, studies, experiences, and experiments, that idea for the small juice bar has come to be, and it’s now blossomed into Gorilla Food, where we serve juices and so much more.

I feel blessed that I have been able to serve and learn from so many amazing people. I’ve gotten to do summer festival vending and travel to other countries to cater for various groups, yoga retreats, and individuals. I’ve worked in collaboration with friends on other cafés and restaurants. This service has been a joy and a journey!

It seems like both yesterday and a lifetime ago that I was jokingly calling it Guerrilla Food because, at first, when I couldn’t afford to open a restaurant space, I served, catered, and delivered raw foods privately from an underground a.k.a. guerrilla kitchen. I would email weekly menus to customers, who could either have it delivered or pick up their orders themselves at the small garden-level suite of the house I had rented.

With the support of many amazing customers and through word-of-mouth, more people found out about it, and bit by bit it grew to become a small takeaway window in the downtown core of Vancouver that in 2006 operated for two years. Then we moved to a larger sit-down space two doors away where we’ve been operating as a small café restaurant since 2007. There is an entire community of us working together to create the next phase of the Gorilla Food dream.

This book is a great part of that dream. Thank you for being a part of it!

I hope it will encourage you to discover the health benefits of the raw vegan lifestyle, and that you will enjoy making these recipes for yourself and for others. It has been such a joy creating these foods for our loyal customers over the past few years, singin’ and dancin’ in the kitchen all the while. And now it’s my joy to share the Gorilla Food experience with you!

Gorilla Food: Organic, Vegan & Raw

Fresh, natural foods are what humans have always survived and thrived on. We used to eat only organic food—which was then known simply as food. It’s only in the last few generations that we have been eating foods that have been boxed, bagged, or canned; it is wiser and healthier for all of us that we eat only good, wholesome food that comes from the world’s biggest produce supplier: Mother Earth and her mighty gardeners! Gorilla Food is part of a massive cultural shift toward fresh, natural, vegan foods.


This is the central foundation of Gorilla Food—we stand for organic food! We use only organic ingredients because of the clean and vital living and growing techniques used to cultivate them, resulting in produce that is healthier and better-tasting. Organic food is also often grown by really, really amazing people—I sometimes wonder if all the amazing organic farmers I know add magic to their crops, or if the amazing food they grow puts the magic into them!

I once read about a study conducted on gorillas in which zookeepers offered them both organic and non-organic bananas. The gorillas would first select the organic bananas and eat them with the peel on; when it came to the non-organic ones though, they would peel and discard the skin before eating them. Smart monkeys!

(Source: Organic Consumers Association:

To meet the highest organic food standards, certified growers and farmers must prove they follow sustainable food production methods—something we should all support! They pay attention to where their seeds come from, where their water comes from, what kind of inputs they add to the soil, and how close they are in proximity to toxins from other farms. They also often have a deep appreciation for Earth and how she sustains us. With every penny we spend on their products, we vote for our collective future; we are saying yes to the creation of peace and harmony and sustainability. Support local organic farmers to protect the future of our planet, our communities, and future generations to come. Go organic!

Which came first, the seed or the tree?

How many vegans does it take to screw in a light bulb? I don’t know, but where do you get your protein?


The word vegan comes from vegetus, a Latin word meaning lively or vigorous. Vegan foods are derived from ingredients free from animal suffering. Veganism creates peace on many levels. The benefits to eating life-force-filled, organic, vegan, and raw foods are numerous:

•  You will find yourself in a world surrounded by peace, energy, compassion, sustainability, and good flavors.

•  You will be nourished with healthful, Earth- and animal-loving, cruelty-free food—and don’t forget pesticide-free, fungicide-free, insecticide-free, synthetic-free, and radiation-free—food that is alive, colorful, beautiful, nutritious, and light-filled!

There is plenty of scientific evidence endorsing the advantages of eating a diet full of raw, organic fruits, veggies, seeds, and nuts. Organic, vegan, and raw foods are beneficial for the treatment of arthritis and fibromyalgia; they help to prevent diet-related cancers and cardiovascular disease, and play a role in preventing, treating, and even reversing type-2 (adult onset) diabetes, and they can be helpful for weight loss.

Eating fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts is one of the best ways to maintain an optimum point of health, feeding your body with an abundance of energy, phytonutrients, fiber, essential fats, proteins, vitamins, and whole-food synergy.


If many elements of foods and their nutritional qualities (for example, enzyme activity, oils, minerals, vitamins, and other phytonutrients) are destroyed by air, oxygen, and light, how about blasting them with intense heat and molecular manipulation from modern-day ovens, stoves, or microwaves? What does that do?

Gorilla Food’s raw food cuisine is made from plant-based food ingredients kept in their most lively, whole, natural state. The raw and living food culinary art form generally allows for food processing and heating up to a point of 117°F (47°C). This is the temperature considered to be a heat threshold, preventing excessive damage to nutrients.

I’ve heard it said that every plant is a medicine for something, whether the healing quality comes from its beauty, flower, smell, root, bark, leaf, or seed. Plants, in their many varieties, forms, and preparations, assist with the holistic well-being of our physical, mental, and emotional health. Gorilla Food believes in medicinal plant food cuisine: fresh, simple, and real.

Living foods

A part of raw foods cuisine is the living food aspect, which focuses on our food being alive, growing, and feeding us lifeforce, which comes from sprouting seeds, nuts, and grains; culturing fruits or veggies; making nut and seed cheezes; and making fermented drinks like rejuvelac, kombucha, kefir, and wine.

Many people claim to feel cleaner and clearer in mind and body from eating living foods. Personally, I feel more connected to Earth and reality ... something that I’ve heard termed the Gaia matrix; I think it's the Force. Environmental bonus points: we could afford to feed everyone on the planet if all our diets were plant-based. In the true raw foods diet, there is no packaging and no waste—and no energy is needed to cook.

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

—Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician

(Nobel Peace Prize, 1952)

I often wonder if the violence we inflict on animals desensitizes us to it, or does it reflect the violence we cause ourselves and our human family? Are we so barbaric that we can kill an animal, steal her babies, and steal her milk and drink it or ferment it and eat it on a sandwich for lunch as if no harm has been done? Some of us profit from this, some of us pay for this to be done.

As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love.


My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.

—Benjamin Franklin

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

—Mahatma Gandhi

International Ital

Ital derives from the word vital, but begins with I to signify the unity of the speaker with all of nature. Ital cuisine is believed, in the Rastafari movement, to connect us with nature. There are different interpretations of Ital regarding specific foods. The general principle is that food should be natural or pure, and from the earth.

Many followers of the Ital diet are strict vegans because they believe humans are naturally vegetarian (based on human physiology and anatomy). They do not consider dairy products natural for human consumption (and many do not eat salt as well). Many Rastafarians believe that we all share Livity, or life energy. The intent of an Ital diet is to increase Livity. Ital is based in part on the belief that meat is dead, and consuming it would therefore work against Livity.

Give thanks for Livity!

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